Achieve totally unique sounds from sample-based technology.
Iris’ visual audio representation lets you extract sonic
components, then layer them together to create never-before-heard
combinations. You can get started immediately with 500 presets, or dive
into the 4GB library; there are also plenty of effects (reverb, distortion,
chorus, delay, and filters). In addition to making conventional sounds,
Iris has exceptional potential for sound designers, audio-for-video, and
You have a really powerful computer, and don’t fear instruments that
devour CPU cycles.
DIVA stands for Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue—the
oscillators, filters, and envelopes model components from vintage monophonic
and polyphonic synths. You can mix and match modules to build unique hybrid
instruments, or simply draw from the more than 1,200 presets. There are a
lot of virtual analog synthesizers, but DIVA applies methods from industrial
circuit simulators to achieve excellent realtime emulation.
Why: Because you want cutting-edge additive synthesis sounds
Description: Razor comes with Komplete 8 Ultimate, but can be purchased separately as a download
and uses the free Reaktor Player as a host. Its easy-to-use additive synthesis engine consists of up to
320 partials, which create all sounds and effects (filters, stereo imaging, even reverbs and delays).
The sound is extremely present and “high-res”; the 350-plus presets are excellent, and especially
well-suited to dance music.
Sounds based on modeled acoustic resonators are expressive and
The modeling-based technology combines various acoustic
resonators to create percussion and other instruments. It incorporates
the coupling effects that arise from interacting objects exchanging
acoustic energy—for example, the way a metal bar interacts with the air
column from a vibraphone’s tube. While the sound is “acoustic,” it’s also
highly controllable. The included sound library ranges from playable
instruments to kits for rhythm tracks.
Oberheim SEM V
Just try to find the original hardware.
In typical Arturia fashion, the SEM V starts with a faithful
reproduction of the sound of Tom Oberheim’s classic synth hardware,
then adds features like eight-voice multi-timbral operation, white
noise, sub oscillator, additional LFO, effects (overdrive, delay, chorus),
arpeggiator, and portamento. It also includes matrix modulation, a voice
programmer, and a “keyboard follow” module that facilitates drawing
modulation curves on the fly.